Ford plans wind power boost

The site boasts two wind turbines, but a more powerful third turbine will now be installed, increasing the amount of CO2 from the production of engines from 2,500 to 5,000 tonnes per year.

The energy saved will be the equivalent of the electricity needed to power over 3,000 homes for a year and will help towards lowering the electricity needed to produce Ford Econetic engines, the most efficient and greenest engines in Ford’s range.

Chris Wollacott, Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre line manager, said: “The Dagenham Diesel Centre assembles Ford’s greenest engines, which return over 76mpg. Rising demand has prompted this additional turbine to maintain the plant’s own green energy source.”

The Econetic diesel engine is available on the Ford Fiesta in 1.6-litre TDCi form and returns the 76mpg of fuel economy. It also delivers CO2 emissions of 98g/km, which results in zero Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in the UK.

Similarly, the Ford Econetic engine also appears in the Ford Focus, the family size hatchback launched in March 2011 and the second best-selling car of the year behind the smaller Fiesta.

In the new Ford Focus, the 1.6-litre TDCi Econetic engine delivers 74.2mpg of fuel economy and 99g/km of CO2 emissions, again falling into the zero band for VED.

Both cars also qualify for exemption from the London congestion charge in the UK, which offers free driving in the capital for all cars with less than 100g/km of CO2 emissions.

The new wind turbine will be completed by the end of the summer, says Ford, which has been described as ‘taking the lead’ in green technology and adding credibility to the use of renewable energy in production by Ecotricity.